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CPY Newsletter                                                                   September, 2015
Back To School TIPS
The 2015-16 school year is underway.  Students of all ages are returning to the classroom anticipating their year ahead.  Some are transitioning to middle school or high school and facing new challenges.
 
For parents, preparing your kids for school is more than filling their backpacks with school supplies and shopping for clothes.  It's an important time to build that foundation of good communication, reinforce expectations, and listen to their concerns and hopes.
 
It's critical to make clear what your expectations are around schoolwork, curfews, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol. 
 
The Partnership for Drug Free Kids offers many helpful tools for parents to help keep those lines of communication open.  Check out the following items in their Back-to-School Survival Guide:
  • Prevent drug use at every age. From preschool to young adulthood, find out what to say.
  • Learn about the drugs in your teen's world.  See their Drug Guide and download a free mobile app for easy access to information.
  • Listen to what these moms have to say. 10 best back-to-school tips .  
  • Set limits. Keep your teen safe by setting clear limits backed up with firm consequences.
  • Improve parent/teen conversations.  Learn how to  listen .
  • Starting a  new school Help your child make good choices during this critical time.
  • Talk about marijuanaProductive conversations with your teen about marijuana
  • Help end medicine abuse. Learn what you can do to prevent prescription medicine abuse.
  • Encourage healthy competition. Help your student athlete embrace healthy, drug-free competition.
  • Write a contract. Establish rules (in writing) about drugs and alcohol that you both agree to (PDF).
Still have questions? The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is where families find answers. Visit our website    drugfree.org   year-round for more tips, tools and resources.

Youth Commissioners Gear Up
The Placer County Youth Commission is a group of youth from Placer County who work for positive change.   Our goal is to improve Placer County by integrating youth voices into local policymaking.  We research youth issues and concerns, relate our discoveries, ideas, and opinions to local policy makers, and engage the community through events like World Cafes and our new "Youth Awards".
 
The Placer County Youth Commission (PCYC) is gearing up for another active year.  Many Ambassador members from last year were appointed formal Commissioners for 2015-16 which means the PCYC team is well prepared to create community change from the start! 

It's never too late for interested students to get involved in the Placer County Youth Commission.  Any Placer County student (middle school and older) can join the commission at any time during the year as a PCYC Ambassador.  Students are welcome to attend PCYC meetings, meet the members, and see if they'd like to participate. 

PCYC Commissioners 2015-16
Carly Cramer, Colfax High School
Caitlyn Jordan, Oakmont High School
James Provins, Roseville High School
Henia Mackenroth, South Sutter Charter
Kaela Dandeneau, Whitney High School
Claire Breckenridge, Brenda Ikeda - Placer High School
Robin Boparai, Epsa Sharma, Ivy Liu - Granite Bay High School
Jason Headington, Kathryn Sobczak, Kaelyn Swanson, Tyler Tate -  Woodcreek High School
Sahfa Aboudkhil, Vivian Chang, Shawn Wang, Henry Low -  Western Sierra Collegiate Academy

PCYC Ambassadors 2015-16
Jack Bell - Del Oro High School
Eric Liu - Granite Bay
Sarah Barnett - Horizon Charter
Sameul Didier - Whitney High School
Jacob Colon, , Ian McDonald, Kristin Pischel - Colfax High School 
Dylan de Valk, Garrett Ruslin - Rocklin Academy
Shirin Karami, Anna Lienhard, Jocelyn Toole - Woodcreek High School
Kaleyah Calhoun,  Ardith Chavez, Jarod Heng, Trisha Maragathavel, Dylan Van Kempen - Western Sierra Collegiate Academy

Do you have or know someone who is concerned about a community issue and would like PCYC to know about it?  Possibly help create or support change around it?  Anyone can bring an issue to the Commission meetings - generally held the First and Third Thursday of the month.  You can spontaneously show up and talk during public comment or ask to be put on the agenda and allow time for discussion.   

Contact the PCYC advisor, Kara Sutter, at 530-886-2811 if you'd like more information or wish to be put on the agenda. 
 
Look for more information on the PCYC website http://www.placeryouth.com

Rx Take Back - October 10th
Mark your calendar
Saturday  October 10th is Free Prescription Take Back Day 
in   Western Placer County!
  • 16% of Placer County 11th graders (about 1 in 7) said they had used a prescription drug (not prescribed to them) sometime in their life; and 9% had used an over the counter medicine to get high.  2011-12 Placer Student Survey
 
The Prescription Take Back is an opportunity for Placer County residents to make their homes safer by disposing of unused, and unwanted Rx and OTC medicines. 
 
Even if you are living alone and there are no children or teens at home, locking up medications and properly disposing of prescription drugs is a good practice.
 
Help keep our kids, waterways and community safe - mark your calendar and bring your Rx and OTC drugs to one of the FREE disposal sites on 10/10  9 am to 12 noon.
 
DEL ORO HIGH SCHOOL              WHITNEY HIGH SCHOOL          SUN CITY
3301 Taylor Rd                                701 Wildcat Blvd.                         7500 Del Webb Blvd.
Loomis, CA 95650                           Rocklin, CA  95765                      Lincoln, CA  95648
 
GRANITE BAY HIGH SCHOOL      AUBURN CITY HALL                  LINCOLN POLICE DEPT.
1 Grizzly Way                                  1225 Lincoln Way                       770 7th St.
Granite Bay, CA 95746                    Lincoln, CA 95677                      Lincoln, CA  95648
 
SIERRA COLLEGE                        ROSEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL       KAISER ROSEVILLE
Dirt lot S.E.                                     1 Tiger Way                                  Douglas & Rocky Ridge
El Don & Rocklin Rd.                      Roseville, CA  94678                   Roseville, CA 95677
Rocklin, CA 95677
 
AUBURN JUSTICE CENTER
2929 Richardson Dr.
Auburn, CA 95603
 
Visit the CoalitionforPlacerYouth website for more information:

POT Dispensaries Impact Hospitalizations
A recent study found a correlation between the location of marijuana dispensaries and an increase in marijuana-related hospitalizations.  The study focused on California because of its history having first legalized medical marijuana in 1996.   
 
An analysis of hospital discharge data revealed the number of hospitalizations related to marijuana abuse or dependency nearly quadrupled from 17,469 in 2001 to 68,408 in 2012.  In 85% of cases, the patient's problem was coded as "marijuana abuse," and 15% were coded as "marijuana dependence." 
 
The researchers mapped the location of 1,650 medical marijuana dispensaries within California Zip codes.  27% of Zip codes had at least one dispensary, with the number ranging from zero to 40.  The data revealed a 6.8% increase in the number of marijuana-related hospitalizations with each additional dispensary.  The study also pointed out that marijuana dispensaries and hospitalizations were more likely to be located in areas with lower household incomes and lower educational attainment.
 
The study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and published online in the scientific journal , i s the first analysis of the statewide impact of marijuana dispensaries as well as the first look at population characteristics associated with marijuana-related hospitalization rates.
 
Author of the study, Christina Mair Ph.D. said in a news release:  "Our study indicates that there are real problems associated with a higher density of marijuana dispensaries in neighborhoods." 
 
Mair noted that research on the location of marijuana dispensaries has a parallel precedent in the location of liquor stores. Previous research has shown that, in areas where alcohol is readily available at liquor stores and bars, have higher rates of local violence, arrests and alcohol-related hospitalizations .
 
The findings of this study help illuminate the effects of increased marijuana availability, as voters and state legislatures decide whether the drug should become medically or recreationally legal.
 
 

Answering Tough Questions
Video Series
null Answering Tough Questions About Marijuana is a Video series to help parents answer the tough questions about marijuana with their kids.  
 
Talking about marijuana with your kids can be challenging - especially these days, with the drug becoming legalized in some states and the increasingly casual presence of weed in the media and pop culture. 
 
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has recently launched a video series giving parents simple tips and skills to meet these challenges.
 

Topics include:
How to have a productive conversation with your teen.
How to answer tough questions like "Would you rather I drink alcohol".
How to respond to challenges like "but you smoked marijuana when you were younger".
 
Marijuana today is 500% stronger than in the 1970's. I have inserted a slide that you can use for this information. We want parents to know that this is a different animal from the 1970's with much higher impacts. 
Look for the videos on You-tube
 
 
FAMILY DAY SEPTEMBER 28TH
Parents  - Be Involved, Stay Involved 
Family Day is a national movement celebrating parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep America's kids substance free.
 
The truth is that children care deeply about their parents' opinions, even if they don't show it directly. In fact, the number one reason teens give for not drinking alcohol is that they don't want to disappoint their parents.
 
As children age, it is vital to keep the lines of communication open, especially as they begin feeling increased pressure to start engaging in risky behavior including smoking, drinking or using other drugs.   One of the simplest acts of parental engagement is the family dinner.  Research confirms - the more often children have dinner with their families the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.
 
Teens who share family dinners 5-7 times/week are 4 times less likely to use tobacco; two times less likely to use alcohol; 2 ½ times less likely to use marijuana (compared with teens who have infrequent family dinners fewer than three times/week).  
They are also four times less likely to say they will try drugs in the future. http://www.casacolumbia.org/newsroom/press-releases/2011-family-dinners
 
To learn more about how you can celebrate Family Day in your community this September and in your home all year long, visit http://casafamilyday.org/familyday

Sign the Parent Pledge, and commit to stay involved (see below)

Help Celebrate Recovery Month in September
 
Visit  http://www.recoverymonth.gov/  to download the Recovery Month Toolkit, to view and share Recovery Month PSAs and to add your local Recovery Month event.
THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition.
 
Just like women with breast cancer , or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions.
 
Community Recovery Resources (CoRR), CoRR Alumni, and Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County work together to bring this FREE event back to Nevada County. For more information, please call 530-273-9541 ext 226
 
Grass Valley:  At the CoRR Campus
                         180 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley (corner of Sierra College and East Main)
                         Thursday, September 10th, 2015
                         Doors open at 5pm, film starts at 6pm
                         Call Melissa for more information 530-273-9541 ext. 226
 
Auburn:           At the State Theatre
                         985 Lincoln Way, Auburn
                         Friday, September 11th, 2015
                         Doors open at 5pm, film starts at 6pm
                         More information 530-273-9541 ext. 226
 
COST: Admission is FREE for both viewing events
RSVP early to reserve a seat mkelley@corr.us Tel: 530-273-9541 ext. 226

Have You Taken? - The Parent Pledge

The Parent Pledge is entering its 5th Year of enrolling Parents, Guardians, Households and Families in our Campaign to do what ever it takes to STAND UP for Youth in our Community.
  
Please join the other responsible and dedicated individuals who have signed on to this important campaign!
  
Follow the link below to learn the details about what you can do to ensure that our Community Continues to become a safer place for youth to learn, grow and become the young adults we all want them to be!

Support CPY
All tax-deductible contributions are applied directly to programs that benefit the youth of Placer County.  Donors to the Coalition for Placer Youth can submit donations via check or PayPal.    
Events
September is National Recovery Month
Information and toolkit at:
http://www.recoverymonth.gov 

Anonymous People
Recovery Month Celebration
September 11, 2015   6 pm
State Theater  985 Lincoln Way
see flier this newsletter
National Family Day
Be Involved, Stay Involved
September 28th 
See article this newsletter.


FREE Prescription Drug Take Back
Saturday 10/10/2015  
9am-12noon
see article for details or 

Parent Stress Intervention Sessions
Wednesdays   10/14 - 11/18  
5:30pm - 7pm
Contact: (530)886-5434 or mhammes@placer.ca.gov
See flier this newsletter.

Resources
Partnership for
Drug Free Kids
Where families find answers
Answering your child's tough questions about alcohol
A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain - Skills, Tools & Tips
HELPLINE: 
1-855-DRUGFREE
Parents Toll-Free Helpline
1-855-378-4373
Monday to Friday, 
10 am - 6 pm ET
(English and Spanish)
Time to Act
Think your teen is using?
Step-by-step guide for parents who suspect their teen is using alcohol or drugs
Teen Plan

PeerX
F acts for teens about prescription drugs

Placer County Youth Commission
Placer Sheriff's Activity League (PSAL)
activities for youth - 
Mondays 2pm - 4:30pm
Wednesdays 3pm - 5:30pm
Fridays 3pm - 5:30pm
Rock Creek Elementary,Auburn    
Contact Detective Shon Schoer
(916) 652-2422
Rocklin Police Activities League
Activities program for Rocklin youth - coming soon!
For information contact Chris Osborne, Rocklin Police Department, Operations Division. 

Parent
Resources

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Parent Tool Kit 
Parent Pledge
secure your medications safely and easily
locking cap dude

Small conversations can make a big impression

SAMHSA'S PSA campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol
Spanish Language Parent
Resources
HablaConTusHijos 
free, bilingual online resource
Bilingual Tool-Free helpline
1-855-378-4373
(Monday-Friday 10am-6pm EST)
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